Leander J. McCormick Observatory

600 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904

(434) 243-1885


Leander McCormick Observatory is open on the FIRST and THIRD Friday nights of every month (except holidays) year-round. Visitors can view celestial objects through the historic 26” McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes (weather permitting), tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer, and see the exhibits.

No tickets are required and advanced reservations are not necessary.

The Observatory is open from 9:00-11:00 pm during daylight saving time (mid-March to early November) and 7:00-9:00 pm during eastern standard time (early November to mid-March).

Please Note: Owing to the crowd size, groups cannot be accommodated at McCormick Public Nights.

Group visits to McCormick Observatory

The Leander McCormick Observatory is open to educational groups with advanced reservations on the SECOND and FOURTH Friday nights of every month. Groups must call (434) 924-7494 to schedule a visit. Group nights reservations fill up quickly; it is advisable to reserve a group night at least several months in advance.



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